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Arthur's Pet Business (An Arthur Adventure) [Paperback]

By Marc Brown (Author)
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Item description for Arthur's Pet Business (An Arthur Adventure) by Marc Brown...

When Arthur creates his own pet-sitting business in order to prove that he is responsible enough to have a pet of his own, he ends up with a boa in the living room and frogs in the bathtub. Reprint.

Publishers Description
Arthur starts his own petsitting business to show Mom and Dad that he can be responsible But between a boa constrictor, an ant farm, and a group of frogs, he's got his hands full Can Arthur still prove he can handle a dog of his own?

Citations And Professional Reviews
Arthur's Pet Business (An Arthur Adventure) by Marc Brown has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 05/15/1993 page 1697
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 629

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.01" Width: 7.41" Height: 0.1"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1993
Publisher   Little, Brown Young Readers
Age  4-7
Series  Arthur  
ISBN  0316113166  
ISBN13  9780316113168  
UPC  719122005953  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marc Brown is best known as the author and illustrator who created the beloved aardvark Arthur. This popular character was born one night over twenty years ago, when Brown was telling his oldest son, Tolon, a bedtime story. Most of the stories he told were about animals, but that night the story just happened to be about an aardvark. Brown has written and illustrated more than fifty Arthur and D.W. (Arthur's little sister) books since then. He has also illustrated twelve other books with his wife--author, illustrator, and psychologist Laurie Krasny Brown.
As a child, Marc Brown's passion for drawing was encouraged by his grandmother Thora, who saved his artwork in the bottom drawer of her bureau. -I knew it must be special, - recalls Brown, -because she didn't save many things.- His grandmother later provided an education fund that helped Brown pay for art school. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1964 to 1969.
Grandma Thora is just one person in Marc Brown's life who has afforded the inspiration for one of his characters. Many other characters are based on children he knew while he was growing up and going to school in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania. His sisters--Bonnie, Colleen, and Kimberly--have all served as models for his characters D.W. and Francine. Brown patterned Buster after Terry Johnson, his best friend in elementary school, while Mr. Ratburn is based on -the meanest algebra teacher ever.-
Brown was born in 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Before he created the Arthur series, he worked at a variety of jobs, including stints as a truck driver, short-order cook, college professor, soda jerk, actor, chicken farmer, and television art director. Now, in addition to developing the Arthur television series on PBS, Brown continues to create new books both for Random House Children's Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Marc Brown lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Martha's Vineyard with Laurie and their young daughter, Eliza. He also has two grown sons, Tolon and Tucker. Brown looks to his three children for inspiration and story ideas. He also gets many suggestions from children he meets in schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country. -The most interesting--and the funniest--things, - Brown says, -happen in real life.-

Marc Brown has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Arthur Adventures (Paperback)
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  3. Marc Brown Arthur Chapter Books (Paperback)
  4. Step Into Reading Sticker Books (Paperback)

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Arthur starts a pet business  Nov 6, 2004
A good lesson for all kids that eventually want a pet of some kind by teaching responsibility in owning a pet.

The story begins with Arthur secretly wanting a pet and waiting for the right moment to make the request to his parents. One evening at dinner his sister, D.W. announced that Arthur wanted a puppy.

After his parents considered the options of having a pet they made Arthur a deal that if he could show them he was responsible he could get a puppy. Arthur and D.W. were trying to come up with ways to prove this that night in her room. At the table D.W. had her cash register advising Arthur to get a job to pay back the seven dollars he owed her. The pictures in the book are detailed showing the items in her room, such as a dollhouse, toy duck and rocking horse.

For anyone that has watched any of the episodes of Arthur they know the dog is called Pal and a part of the show. The book is a nice story that has funny antics while watching pets, but shows how Arthur takes the business seriously and is rewarded in the end.

The entire family shares in all responsibilities as is demonstrated through out the book with them making decisions together on the dog and caring for the visiting pets. Arthur sticks with the business at hand through the week he is caring for the pets and accounts for all of them. When presented with the dilemma of how to show his parents he can handle responsibility, Arthur sets out to accomplish that task.

My six-year old at one time wanted a pet and loves Arthur's Pet Business. The book tackles the issues of caring for various pets by showing they need food, rest in their own sleeping sections, cleaning of their cages and plenty of fresh air by taking walks. Showing Arthur reading the dog care book and concern about Perky reinforces that having a pet is serious business.
Excellent book on responsibility  Apr 2, 2000
What child hasn't asked for a pet at some point in their childhood. What an excellent way to teach responsibility. This book shows the parent how to test a child's readiness for responsibilities, while showing the young readers the perils and pitfalls of having one's own pet business, as well as the rewards, and entertaining us all in the meanwhile. Well done. It's also fun to look in all of Marc Brown's books and find the hidden names!
Being Responsible can be Fun !  Aug 19, 1997
I am in awe of how Marc Brown has simplified the concept of responsibility, so that it may be understood by my two year old daughter.

My two year old daughter summed this book up by saying; " Arthur showed his mommy and daddy he can take care of everyone's pets now he can have Pal . In my eyes that says it all !

The author has sucessfully done what was intended . He communicated an important moral concept to a small child , what being responsible is and how doing things morally right can be fun and rewarding.

Keep up the good work Marc Brown you are helping me communicate important moral, social, family, and educational values to my daughter. Great Books and Characters


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